Akira Kurosawa

1910 - 1998

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Akira Kurosawa (黒澤 明 or 黒沢 明, Kurosawa Akira, March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese filmmaker and painter who directed 30 films in a career spanning over five decades. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Akira Kurosawa has received more than 7,732,582 page views. His biography is available in 143 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 141 in 2019). Akira Kurosawa is the 8th most popular film director (down from 4th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Japan (down from 4th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Japanese Film Director.

Akira Kurosawa is most famous for his samurai films.

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Among film directors, Akira Kurosawa ranks 8 out of 2,041Before him are Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman, Hayao Miyazaki, Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, and Stanley Kubrick. After him are Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Ridley Scott, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergei Eisenstein, and Luis Buñuel.

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Among people born in 1910, Akira Kurosawa ranks 2Before him is Mother Teresa. After him are Jacques Cousteau, Giuseppe Meazza, Ingrid of Sweden, Robert K. Merton, Irena Sendler, Gloria Stuart, Jean Genet, Paulette Goddard, Katherine Oppenheimer, and Django Reinhardt. Among people deceased in 1998, Akira Kurosawa ranks 2Before him is Pol Pot. After him are Frank Sinatra, Jean Marais, Halldór Laxness, Todor Zhivkov, Carlos Castaneda, Ernst Jünger, Octavio Paz, Jean-François Lyotard, Niklas Luhmann, and Yang Shangkun.

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Among people born in Japan, Akira Kurosawa ranks 6 out of 6,245Before him are Hirohito (1901), Hayao Miyazaki (1941), Hokusai (1760), Akihito (1933), and Miyamoto Musashi (1584). After him are Emperor Meiji (1852), Oda Nobunaga (1534), Matsuo Bashō (1644), Haruki Murakami (1949), Yukio Mishima (1925), and Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542).


Among film directors born in Japan, Akira Kurosawa ranks 2Before him are Hayao Miyazaki (1941). After him are Yasujirō Ozu (1903), Isao Takahata (1935), Takeshi Kitano (1947), Kenji Mizoguchi (1898), Shohei Imamura (1926), Masaki Kobayashi (1916), Nagisa Oshima (1932), Hirokazu Kore-eda (1962), Hideaki Anno (1960), and Franklin J. Schaffner (1920).